The M division was started by BMW in the Spring of 1972, but their first model would not be released for another few years. Arriving at the Paris Motor Show in 1978, the BMW M1 debuted to widespread acclaim. It was designed by Paul Bracq and received further design touches from the iconic Giorgetto Giugiaro. Only 456 of these mid-engine coupe models were originally built, and they featured a six-cylinder engine. The original M1 was designed for the race track, making it not as versatile for the average driver. To appeal to a wider range of driving enthusiasts, BMW released its M5, which catered to a wider range of drivers without sacrificing power and overall driving excitement. This M535i model was released in 1979, and it served as a high-performance variation of the brand’s incredibly popular 5 Series model. Additions to this model included a close-ratio transmission, a limited-slip differential, Recaro seats, and larger brakes.